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Lunch Creek – An Addition to Settlers Cove State Park?

The Southeast Alaska Land Trust is working in partnership with The Conservation Fund to purchase the Lunch Creek tract for the expansion of Settlers Cove State Park in Southeast Alaska.

Settlers Cove State Park currently consists of only 76 acres and occupies a narrow band of ocean frontage. The 207-acre Lunch Creek tract is adjacent to Settlers Cove State Park and would be incorporated into the state park upon acquisition.

The Lunch Creek property supports numerous open and forested muskeg meadows, large old growth stands of giant Sitka Spruce and Red Cedar, and a half-mile stretch of Lunch Creek. Marbled Murrelet, listed under the Endangered Species Act as “Threatened” in much of Pacific Northwest, is a known nester in the old growth timber found on the property. The Queen Charlotte Goshawk, a species recently considered for “Threatened Listing,” is another known nester at the site. Both species would benefit from permanent protection of the Lunch Creek tract. The western boundary of the Lunch Creek property has road access, and an easement provides access to a trail along the creek.

Acquisition of this 207-acre parcel would enhance the state park system by preserving and protecting an area of natural significance, by providing increased options for outdoor recreation, and by protecting an area of significant scientific and educational value. The project is expected to cost about $300,000. The partners are seeking additional grants and private matching funds to complete the project..

Lunch Creek Trail in Ketchikan
Mary Kowalczyk of Alaska State Parks and Laura Baker, conservation assistant with SEALTrust, walk among the old growth Sitka spruce trees on the Lunch Creek Trail in Ketchikan.

Executive Director Diane Mayer and Conservation Assistant, Laura Baker, walk on the Lunch Creek Trail at the north end of Ketchikan.

Mail: Southeast Alaska Land Trust, 119 Seward Street, Suite 15, Juneau, Alaska 99801, USA
Office Location: Downtown Juneau on the 2nd Floor of the Valentine Building at 119 Seward Street in Suite 15.
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